As the morning sun shines its rays upon the Suoi Nuoc bay signalling the start of the 7th Jibe’s Suoi Nuoc Beach Volleyball Tournament. The official registration desk opened to excited coloured coded teams eager to get the games under way and keeping within the spirit of the tournament of having a great day, attracting both locals and those from further away to come together to celebrate the Vietnamese beach life style in a competitive and always fun way.
This year was a record breaker with a total of 10 teams competing, some familiar faces and some new fresh teams all ready to prove themselves on the courts (KTA Media, Heat Time, Blue Ocean, Truong Dinh, Vietnam Balloon and Surf4U). Not only did we see many new faces but a brand new and exciting title sponsored “Vietnam Balloon” generously provided some once in a life time hot air balloon flights as first prize as well as other balloon flights to be won for 2nd and 3rd also a few tickets for these flights were offered as part of the lucky draw (open to spectators).
The event was run as a Ten Team Double Elimination Tournament, the beauty of this type of tournament is that it gives every single team the chance to lose once and still have a re-entry with the opportunity to improve their ranking and to maybe even take it all the way to the final, with each team being guaranteed at least 2 games. To start the event team captain took a number from a hat (blind draw) to determine their first game and their first opponent.
One of the very first games saw two of the strongest teams in the event face each other (Palmira v’s Pandanus), so we knew at this point at least one of the stronger teams would be knocked down into the loser’s bracket, great news for the not so experienced teams. This game saw Pandanus get knocked down and so they took their place inline to await their second chance.
After the first few games had been played we began to see the weaker teams drop down the rankings as the stronger teams powered through. It is a this point we must show our recognition to the amazing Blue Ocean team, a brand new team for this year, mainly made up of younger inexperienced players, their performance certainly did not give this impression as they gave it their all using every skill they had and making it very respectfully into the 3rd round before being knocked out of the games by Pandanus.
As the games continued the pressure increased.Truong Dinh another new comer excelled showing the veteran teams that this was not a time to sit back and relax.Truong Dinh made it all the way to the semi-finals but due to complications beyond their control they had to pull out early giving Victoria an open pass all the way to the finals.
And so the finals began. This show down was between the as of yet unbeaten Palmira and the courageous Victoria who had already fought back hard to get back into the finals after losing one of their previous games. Victoria played well but signs of fatigue were already beginning to show, even in this situation Victoria still made Palmira work hard for each and every point. The first set saw Palmira scrape a win with 15 points to 10. Palmira knew that it was necessary to win the second set if they wanted to seal the first place position, a loss at this stage would see another set having to be played giving Victoria the chance to steal the tournament. Set 2 ended with Palmira hitting the 15 points whilst Victoria managed a very respectful 8 points and taking an overall second place.
Closing ceremonies soon got under way with excited faces not only wanting to know final scores but also what amazing prizes were about to come their way. The usual array of fantastic prizes and gifts were available as well as a free entry lucky draw open to all spectators, giving everyone the chance to win a free flight, luxury accommodation, restaurant vouchers etc.
The organizers would like to extend a very warm thank you to all the amazing sponsors for this year’s event, prizes varied from free Hot Air Balloon rides, Green fees, Accommodation vouchers from some of the most prestigious resorts in the area, Evening meals, Drinks vouchers, Mini golf vouchers to name but a few. It is always very important that we make sure each and every team leaves with some lovely gifts even if they were not able to make it to the final. The sponsors kindness and support goes such a long way in enabling the organisers to make this tournament possible, so we would like to take this time to thank:
|Le Fruit Juice|
|Whale Village Guesthouse|
|Pandanus Resort & Spa|
|Hoa Binh Security|
|Fanny Ice Cream|
|The Warehouse Wine and Spirits|
|Hallo Muine Food Delivery|
|Chouchou Paris candied peanuts|
|Sea links Golf and Country Club|
|Dragon Beach Bar|
|Takalau Residence & Resort|
|Tropical Mini Golf|
As is tradition for this event, the evening party saw lots of free wine and beer available this really helps to keep the players batteries charged so they can make the most of the delicious buffet provided by Full Moon Village, once gain the choice and quality of delectable food left all with smiling faces and big bellies. The lucky draw provided those unable to play with the opportunity to win some great prizes also, no one needed to leave empty handed. Final congratulations go to all involved but especially to Palmira for their win securing free entry into next year’s event (7th July 2018). Get training and let’s make 2018 Beach Volley Ball another event to remember!!!!
3rd Truong Dinh
6th Blue Ocean
6th Balloon Vietnam
8th Surf 4 U
10th Heat Time
This year we are very pleased to announce the introduction of “The Mui Ne Windsurf Race Series” created and managed by Pascal Lefebvre of Jibes Beach Club. This race series is a combination of three windsurf events held each year in Mui Ne. The points are taken from each event Surf4You Cup, Vetratoria Russian Cup and Jibes Vietnam Fun Cup, tabulated to get the top three winners all receiving very substantial cash prizes. There is no entry fee for the series meaning as long as competitors compete in at least one of the three regular race events then they automatically qualify for the Race Series.
This, the first years race series was a great success, riders built up their rankings over the seasons selected events to produce the top 3 winners. This year the series managed to raise 30,000,000 VND in prize money, not bad for the first series but we are always looking for more sponsors to share, enjoy and promote this event in any way possible. We have great expectations for this new Race Series both for competitors participation and expect a big increase in prize money, keep tuned in for updates and information.
1st Prize: 12,500,000 VND
2nd Prize: 10,000,000 VND
3rd Prize: 7,500,000 VND
05.30 am pitch black, most are still sleeping, tired eyes arriving early at Jibes Beach Club to reserve what they feel will be the best board and sail choice for the day, “The 18th Jibes Vietnam Windsurf Fun Cup” is about to begin.
This year we saw entries from 11 different countries (Vietnam, Russia, USA, Thailand, Netherlands, Canada, France, Israel, Germany, Catalonia and Estonia), great to see so many different nationalities brought together by their passion for windsurfing.
Conditions this year did not disappoint, clean steady wind with a much smaller swell than previous years, competitors could focus more on fine tuning their rigs to produce maximum speeds with the added benefit of flatter riding conditions. The usual downwind slalom course was used with a total of 4 Jibes.
Early morning, flat water and very light wind it can only mean “The 2017 King Of The Bay “ SUP competition.
Equipment checked and boards lined up, the time counted down before the air horn sounded for a beach start (Surf4you). All competitors grabbed their gear and sprinted into the water to try and get ahead of the pack for a clean start. The best boards for a long distance SUP race are designed specifically for this discipline, focus is on making the most aquadynamic shape to cut through the waters but at the same time making sure the most light weight materials are used. Over the past few years more intense research has been going into inflatable boards www.star-board-sup.com/2017/board/11-6-x-30-touring-inflatable/, obviously this is all about keeping them light weight, top manufactures of this equipment currently used in this competition were Starboard, JP and Jimmy Lewis.
The 6th Jibes Sunrise Surf & SUP
This year the competition was held towards the end of November on the beautiful beach of Full Moon Village Suoi Nuoc. We held out as long as we could for the best conditions and the waves did not disappoint, neither did the competitors. We saw a definite increase in local Vietnamese riders, great to see local enthusiasm from some of the best Vietnamese riders in the country. Other nationalities included Russia, America, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Italy and Spain, making for a great mix of nationalities sharing their passion together. With over 32 competitors we knew this was going to be one of the most exciting Surf competitions seen so far. We were also very happy to announce that this year’s event would be professionally supported and recorded by Rufus Blackwell, using the very latest in DJI Drone and sport media technology, keep your eyes open for the final cut in and amongst the action, coming soon.
The event started off seeing the previous winners Pandanus using their free entry prize from last year to battle it out on the courts for a repeat result.
This year saw seven teams competing in a double elimination event giving each team the chance of winning the tournament even if they have had a loss along the way, with extra excitement and pressure being put on the leading teams not to relax too much.
Day 9: The final day in Vietnam turns up the heat to showcase some of the most nail biting action the World Tour has witnessed in recent years.
Following the frustration of the two previous windless days, all hopes boiled down to the competition’s final day to deliver suitable conditions for the racers to take to the water. With a mediocre forecast and talk of pressure systems interfering with the local thermal effect, the outlook looked bleak.